“Travel can be one of the most rewarding forms of introspection.”
The small city of Alexandria is six miles south of D.C., but it's a centerpiece of American history. Alexandria served as a colonial seaport and an occupied Southern city during the Civil War, and its Old Town is packed with points of national historic interest. Explore the cobblestone streets and picturesque waterfront on foot or by the free King Street trolley (maps are available at the Visitor's Center at Ramsay House). Old Town restaurants can be touristy, so look to Alexandria's artistic Del Ray area along Mt. Vernon Avenue for more diverse dining options. Old Town Alexandria is a 20-minute Metro ride from DC (40 minutes at rush hour).